Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Dae Ji’s Donkkaseu

Hot, Crisp Cutlets
Korean Plate Lunch Specials
Tasty at Dae Ji

Dae Ji specializes in Korean meat cutlets, a.k.a. Donkkaseu.  They are very similar to Japanese Tonkatsu.  Both are based on the European Schnitzel. 

At this Dunsmuir street eatery, one can get breaded crisp pork and chicken cutlets, and hamburger steaks.  These three meat options essentially form the foundation for a meal at Dae Ji.  You pick your meat and decide if you want it enhanced (like with cheese or curry).  The restaurant will give you rice and a set of side dishes to complete your entrée.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My Wonton Mein Saga: Double Double

Tale of two Wontons - 
One Delicious, One Awful
At Double Double

I think this is the first time in my wonton saga where I had two kinds of wontons in one meal.  After my first visit to Double Double last year, which you can read here on Dennis the Foodie’s blog, I wanted to come back to further investigate the wonton noodle soup.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Meh Files – A Mix Bag at Indochine

Pan Asian Menu,
Diverse crowd in a small space
Meh at Indochine

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked Indochine for a catch-up dinner with Speedy.  After my meal, I'm still not sure what to make of the eatery.

Is it a sit down causal restaurant, sports bar, or pit stop for clubbers pre club?  There were families with small babies, guys watching the game, and people barely dressed for a night out, dining together on my visit. 

The menu like its clientele that night is just as diverse; it's best described as pan-Asian. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Miso Oden & Chicken Karaage from Guu Garden

Guu Garden Serves A
Miso, Savoury and Sweet,
Oden; so soothing

Guu is my favourite izakaya group in Vancouver, with Guu Garden being my preferred spot within the chain.  It’s relatively quieter and less busy, probably because it’s somewhat hidden on a second floor that can only be access by a blink and you may miss it staircase.  Since Guu Garden has been around for years, I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten everything of the regular menu.  As a result I usually gravitate towards the always changing daily fresh sheet, which keeps each visit interesting.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Meh Files – Dinesty Aberdeen, a gateway to the Uninitiated

Not Spectacular,
But Dinesty great for those
new initiates

My last get together with Speedy before we headed off to our separate Christmas family festivities was at Dinesty at Aberdeen centre for our gift exchange. 

As much as Speedy has had XLB before, her experience with food from Taiwan and Shanghai is limited.  As a result I found Dinesty’s menu both helpful and slightly confusing.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

My Wonton Mein Saga: Hon’s on Robson

The Scene has moved on
But nostalgia, not the food
Drew me back to Hon’s

I think when the cavernous Hon’s opened on Robson, that was the height of the Hon’s empire which at the time comprised of several eateries across the Lower Mainland and the commercialization of their popular dumplings which you can still buy frozen at most local grocery stores.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Bauhaus

Michelin Star Chef
Cool cooking techniques creates
Oohs, ahhs at Bauhaus

Hello.  It’s me.  I’m in California dreaming…….Wait! NO, I don’t want to talk about my past relationships, especially the on and off one I have with blogging.  December was busier that I anticipated and blogging took a back seat to the holiday fun and feasting.  I hope everybody had a good back half of December. 

During my hiatus, I have taken lots of pictures and notes of eateries I visited.  As such, I will try my best to type out some posts now that I’m back on a regular work schedule.

My year end staff dinner happened at Bauhaus at the beginning of December 2015, and it presented an unusual opportunity.  Not only did I get to enjoy the haute cuisine tasting menu but I got to sample some classic German dishes on the a la carte menu as well.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Meh Files – Zero Zero Pizza except the Monti

New Zero Zero
Serving Square Rome style Pizza
Crosstown a Changing

Within the half block of Abott Street that already contains high end tacos, soft serve, and coffee, naturally an expensive pizza shop sprung up.

Zero Zero sells take out pizza modeled after the type you can find in Rome, which is very different than the Neopolitan and thin crust pizza that has swept through Vancouver in the last few years.